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08 Contents INTRO

Head of College 02 Letter from the Editor 03 Ministry 04 SPOSA President 05 ACA DEMIC NEWS

Cover Damian Graff (Year 2) in a cricket cap from the SPOSA Archive. Image courtesy of F45 Photography. Plus Ultra April 2017 incorporating SPOSA Bulletin Published by St Peters Lutheran College Editors/Writers: Gollisa Thomson and Kathleen Barker Layout&Design: Kathleen Barker *Photography: F45 Photography Advertising Enquiries Publications Office Telephone: 07 3377 6262 St Peters Lutheran College CRICOS Provider: 00516E 66 Harts Road, Indooroopilly Qld 4068 Telephone: 07 3377 6222 © 2017 St Peters Lutheran College SPOSA Office 66 Harts Road, Indooroopilly Qld 4068 Telephone: 07 3377 6592

Academic Results IND Amelia’s Perfect Score Gearing Up for Cambridge Scholars’ Assembly High Achiever Academic Results SFD

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Reading Allowed Installation of Tim Kotzur Introducing Makerspace One Man Band Swim Teams Rule the Pool Q&A with Ariarne Titmus Ten Years of Excellence Duke of Edinburgh News Rowing Girls are Oar-some Arise at St Peters Chorale International Tour Girls Sports Squad Cambodia Tour

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Community News




Nick Jorrs


Year 2 Steps Back in Time


Heeding the Call


Founders’ Day


Births, Deaths, Marriages STAFF

Meet Kelly Fox A Year in the Life of a School Counselling Service

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Rural Leadership Scholarship 46 Foundation News 52

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There is something special about being new to a school or community. The opportunity to look at things with fresh eyes is a gift. To be able to ask questions about why we do things a certain way in order to challenge thinking is a rare opportunity. To honour the past, yet bring new ideas and vision that take a community further than it has gone before is a privilege. New beginnings bring with it that incredibly powerful quality of hope. As the seventh Head of St Peters, I am hope-filled and hopeful for the future of our great College. At the beginning of year staff meeting, I shared ten hopes for the type of school that I wanted to St Peters to be. They are aspirational statements, but provide a very clear intent as we look to the future. 1) St Peters to be a Christian School where the Christian Gospel is central to its life and work. The Gospel underpins and informs all aspects of College life. This manifests itself overtly in things like Chapel and Christian Studies classes, but also in our approach to Pastoral Care, as well as the way that we relate to each other in community. 2) St Peters to be a Pastorally Caring School that strives to promote a safe and supportive environment. Each student and member of staff is known, valued, challenged and affirmed. As a pastorally caring school, we strive to treat each other with care, dignity and respect, so that St Peters is a place ‘where everybody is somebody’.


AT ST PETERS, WE CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON EXCELLENCE NOT BECAUSE IT IS EASY, BUT BECAUSE IT IS HARD. 3) St Peters to be a School that Develops Balanced, All-round Young Men and Women. The education that we provide should encourage the development of values that enrich the intellect, nurture the spirit, develop social responsibility and create healthy lifestyles. St Peters should be concerned with helping its young people develop their God-given gifts to their fullest potential and encourage them to value participation in a broad range of activities across an array of human endeavours, and in doing so enable them to find meaning and purpose in their lives. 4) St Peters to be a School Committed to the Pursuit of

Excellence where excellence is seen as each member of the College community striving to do their personal best. At St Peters, we choose to focus on excellence not because it is easy, but because it is hard. Our focus on excellence in all aspects of College life is given practical expression through our motto, ‘Plus Ultra’. 5) St Peters to be a School where Learning and Teaching is Central. The core business of St Peters is improving learning and teaching so that students are prepared for the future and provided with the knowledge, understanding and skills to meet the changes in, and challenges of society, and are able to lead meaningful and productive lives. 6) St Peters to be a School that is a Community of Learners. At St Peters, everyone is learning. Everything that goes on at St Peters contributes to this end. In order to be a learning community, it is critical

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from the Editor that teachers continue to learn and develop their practice so that together an ecology of reflection, growth and refinement of practice is created. 7) St Peters to be a School that has a Strong Sense of Community. St Peters is more than a school; it is a community. It is a community that is bound together by a common purpose. A community that supports one another, encourages one another, and builds one another up. A community where there is a sense of belonging for current and past students, families, and staff. At the heart of St Peters are people and relationships – people who care, people who dream, people who achieve. 8) St Peters to be a School that Develops Young Men and Women of Character. St Peters must concern itself with character and value formation. The role of educators is not merely to pass on learning and knowledge. Our task is to develop learners, to foster growth, and to form character. St Peters must intentionally develop young men and women who are caring, compassionate, ethical, moral, resilient, courageous, disciplined and respectful. In developing young men and women of character, young people leave our gates committed to serving and leading the communities in which they live and making a difference in the lives of other people. 9) St Peters to be a School where Everyone is a Leader. In the 21st century, leadership will play a critically important role in a global

world. An understanding and experience of leadership is necessary if students are to thrive as knowledge workers in an increasingly complex, rapidly changing and uncertain world. We need to help our students develop team work, communication skills, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, and problem solving skills. 10) St Peters to be a School where Students are Resilient. One of the most important things we can help to develop in our children and young people is resilience. Helping our students understand that at various times in their life journey, they will have to face difficult tasks, tough times or unexpected challenges is important. While it may not be pleasant at the time, how they (together with us) handle these situations provides them with character building opportunities. It is in the realisation that life will have its ups and downs, and persisting in the face of these that growth, progress and success can occur. To paraphrase the 39 th President of the United States, John F Kennedy: “All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days… but let us begin”. Together we strive to make excellence in Christian Co-education a lived experience for every member of our community. Enjoy this edition of Plus Ultra.

Many of the stories in this edition of Plus Ultra remind me of the blessings of new beginnings. That is certainly true for our new Head of College, Tim Kotzur. In his article, he shares his unique perspective of what it means to honour the past and look to the future. You can read about the academic achievements of the 2016 Year 12 cohorts at Indooroopilly (on page 6) and Springfield (on page 13). Once again, our students performed at a very high standard, with the majority now embracing new beginnings in higher education. Our Old Scholars share their stories of new beginnings. On page 10, 2015 IB Dux and UQ Engineering student, Brandon Lee, is gearing up for Cambridge University and (on page 24) entrepreneur, Nick Jorss (1986), shares how his decision to embark on a new beginning changed the course of his career. On page 28, we take a look back at the first ten years of St Peters Springfield and (on page 38) the establishment of a new congregation, Arise Lutheran Church. These stories remind us of the College’s Founders, who had the vision and courage to believe in new beginnings and the faith that God and Jesus will make all things new. Gollisa Thomson, on behalf of the

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THE RIGHTEOUS WILL LIVE BY FAITH! This heading is a quote from the biblical letter of St Paul to the Romans (Rom 1:17), the Christian community that had formed in the capital of the empire by 56-58AD. It is a kind of magnum opus of the apostle and clearly sets out what the ministry, death and resurrection of Christ means for his followers and the world. Paul understood that it is not by our deeds, which are inevitably affected by sin and human shortcomings, but rather by faith that we come close to God and take hold of his gifts of forgiveness, life and hope. He understood that faith is God’s gift! Over centuries and through translation from Greek to Latin, this message was somewhat obscured until a young monk and professor of theology, who was struggling with his own faith and view of God, happened to lecture on Romans and came across the verse ‘The righteous will live by faith!’. He had tried hard throughout his life to please God and always found himself wanting; always wondering if he would qualify for God’s love or be rejected at the end. This verse opened his eyes and took away his fear and desperate striving. He realised that it was not about him, but about God. Nothing he did or didn’t do would put him into God’s good books (make him righteous) 4

and earn him a place in heaven but rather, through Christ, God had opened the way. It was God’s gift and promise to him and to all people, including us today. This insight kicked off a movement we now refer to as the Reformation. It was a movement that changed the church, which at the time was focussed on pious deeds rather than the free gift of God’s grace. It was a movement that changed society and the world and the results still reverberate today. That’s why in the year 2017, we commemorate the 500 th anniversary of the Reformation, led by the German monk, Martin Luther (hence Lutheran church), and by many others. It was a movement that brought new insights and new beginnings for many people, and while it also brought great changes, upheavals and wars, over time its message spread and enabled people to live in freedom, knowing that they were loved by God and set free to use their God-given gifts to serve others. There are over 70 million Lutherans across the world today, and many more churches that trace their roots to the Reformation, including the Anglican, Presbyterian, Uniting and Baptist churches. The events of the 15th century also changed those who initially refused to see these insights. So this year,

IT WAS A MOVEMENT THAT BROUGHT NEW INSIGHTS AND NEW BEGINNINGS FOR MANY PEOPLE, AND WHILE IT ALSO BROUGHT GREAT CHANGES, UPHEAVALS AND WARS, OVER TIME ITS MESSAGE SPREAD AND ENABLED PEOPLE TO LIVE IN FREEDOM… we can remember the Reformation together with Christians across the world and across denominations and celebrate the Good News of Christ, who seeks to set us free and give us a foundation to live confidently in this world, sharing God’s love with those around us.

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WELCOME TO 2017! The year began with the Founders’ Day whole of school assembly. The three guests: Nkosana Mafico, Nick Jorss and Nik Taufatofua, spoke about how St Peters staff and community had encouraged them to develop their own passions in their own way and get on with it. It was great to see so many golden graduates return to the school. Thank you to all of the teachers and students who shared their class with visiting Old Scholars. It was fascinating to compare the old and new ways: what has changed and what has stayed the same.

NKOSANA MAFICO, NICK JORSS AND NIK TAUFATOFUA, SPOKE ABOUT HOW ST PETERS STAFF AND COMMUNITY HAD ENCOURAGED THEM TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN PASSIONS IN THEIR OWN WAY AND GET ON WITH IT. SPOSA welcomed new Head of College, Tim Kotzur, as an Honorary Member of SPOSA. We hope that his honorary SPOSA membership will be the start of many more connections between SPOSA

*Pictured: On Founders’ Day, SPOSA President, Jan Hogarth, presented new Head of College, Tim Kotzur, with his SPOSA badge.

and staff, so they find it easier to reconnect in years to come. Strategic planning has started for St Peters 75th anniversary in 2020; only three years away. SPOSA and the Parents and Friends Association (P&F) look forward to celebrating College events and welcoming our broad community of past students, teachers, their families and locals at both schools and at our Ironbark Outdoor Education Centre.

2017 COMMITTEE MEMBERS President: Jan Hogarth (1979) Vice Presidents: Bradley Porter (1975) and Anthony Kanowski (1976) Treasurer: Nicky Hughes (1984) Secretary: Anna Staley (Peterson 1983) Members: Nicky Boynton Bricknell (1960), Karel Baum (1976), Shannon Lovell (2011) and Anne Fulton (1988)


Plus Ultra / Academic News


St Peters is proud to have been able to offer a diverse range of academic experiences for all students in 2016. St Peters was accredited as a Primary Years Programme (PYP) International Baccalaureate (IB) school during 2016. Working through the PYP framework ensures our teachers use consistent language and follow a program that the students can become familiar and comfortable with as they progress through their primary years. The PYP framework is built around the concept of inquiry based learning, which means over the past few years our teachers have been modifying their curriculum delivery and teaching style to help students discover their learning. St Peters will continue to innovate and develop our programs into the future; however, 6

becoming a PYP accredited school is quite a celebrated and watershed moment in the school’s history. With the impending changes to Senior Assessment for Year 12 students in 2020, St Peters is continually looking for ways to develop programs that will help students prepare for these changes. The 2016 Year 11 English and Graphics students participated in an external assessment trial during 2016. The English students sat an extended writing examination and the Graphics students were allowed to work on a folio of work, only in class, over a period of time. Both assessment types ran smoothly and provided staff with excellent knowledge on how these assessments will run in the future and helped them to understand how to modify teaching styles to best prepare students for the future of senior assessment.

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St Peters is in a strong position for the new external senior assessment as many indications from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) to date, show that there is significant alignment in concepts with the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) programme. The 2016 IBD cohort achieved excellent results with 98% of the 44 IBD Year 12 students awarded a Diploma.


Amelia Horrocks, St Peters 2016 IB Dux, achieved a perfect IBD score of 45. You can read her story on page 8.

raising the importance of the QCS test with their peers.

The QCAA Year 12 cohort also achieved well in 2016. Over 96% of students (QCAA and IBD) who submitted a Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) application received an offer by early 2017. This highlights the excellent work done by our School Careers Counsellor, Mrs Jacqui Estevao, when she meets with, and guides our students. As a QCAA cohort, over 26% of students received and OP in the range of 1-5 and more than 83% of students received and OP in the range of 1-15. Looking towards the 2017 senior cohort, St Peters will continue to develop the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) test preparation program. This year, the Year 12 QCAA students participated in a practice QCS test and for the first time, teachers of English will be taking charge of the preparation classes. The Academic Prefects and the Student Leadership Team are doing a magnificent job of

* The following statistics relate to students at St Peters Indooroopilly only. For statistics that relate to St Peters Springfield students, see page 13.


IB (15.5 % of cohort)

QCAA (81% of cohort)

Another significant change for 2017 will be the one on one discussions with students about their chosen pathway. St Peters is proud to be able to offer the IBD, Vocational Education and Training (VET), Overall Position (OP) and the non-OP pathway (QTAC Selection Rank Score), so students have the best possible chance of being able to follow their career dreams. The St Peters academic landscape is always changing and challenging. As a result of this relentless pursuit, our students are being rewarded with wonderful results and achieving outstanding personal bests. We are proud of the many offerings at St Peters just as we are so very proud of the achievements of our students.

IB and OP ineligible (3.5% of cohort) W H AT R ESULTS DID ST PETERS (IND) STUDENTS ACHIEV E IN 2016?

OP1 or equivalent (3.5% of cohort)

OP1-5 or equivalent (32.85% of cohort)

OP1-15 or equivalent (89.05% of cohort)

IB score 39-45 / OP1-2 equivalent (31.8% of IB cohort)

IB score 34-45 / OP 1-5 equivalent (61.4% of IB cohort) HOW M A NY ST PETERS (IND) STUDENTS W HO A PPLIED THROUGH QTAC IN 2016 R ECEIV ED A N OFFER?

Received a QTAC offer (96.4% of students who applied) 7

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Amelia’s Perfect Score

Amelia Horrocks (2016) was so nervous about opening her International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) results in January, she asked her mother to do it for her! “I was so scared I woke Mum up and I went into the room and asked her, can you open it?” Amelia laughed, speaking after receiving her award as 2016 IB Dux, presented at the Scholars’ Assembly at St Peters in January. After some gentle prompting from her Mum, Amelia mustered the courage to look and couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw a 45, a perfect IB score. “I opened it up and I just sat there and I started crying,” Amelia explained. “I honestly couldn’t believe it! It felt so surreal. I had no idea that was going to happen,” she said modestly. To put Amelia’s achievement into perspective, only 0.67% of the 14,070 students who sat for the IB Diploma exams in the November 2016 exam session achieved a perfect score. In Australia, Amelia was one of only 32 students who received a perfect score for the internationally



“I wanted to get into medicine so I knew I would need a score in the 40s, but I didn’t really think about the 45!”

recognised course, and only the second student at St Peters since Samuel Naylor achieved the same in 2015.

Her perfect score was the equivalent of an ATAR of 99.95%, which also made her eligible to receive a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for financial assistance of $12,000 per year over five years.

“It’s really quite elusive, so I just tried to put it out of my mind,” Amelia said.

Amelia has realised her dream and is studying Biomedicine at the University of Queensland (UQ ). She has been granted provisional entry into Medicine at UQ and will start in 2020.

She believes the secret to her success started early in her senior years

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*Pictured: Amelia Horrocks (2016) with her IB Dux Award, presented to her at the Scholars’ Assembly at St Peters Indooroopilly in January.

by developing good study habits, staying balanced, revising constantly and building on her knowledge base. “If you can get into a mindset to try your best in everything, even from Year 8, it will become a habit and that really helps,” Amelia said, offering some sage advice. “You just have to be consistent, chip away at things, work hard and try your best at everything, and always ask for help.” Amelia said the IB Diploma, offered in Years 11 and 12 at St Peters Indooroopilly, was a big commitment, but she was attracted to the holistic learning opportunities of the programme, including the Extended Essay component, for


Amelia said she was particularly grateful to all her teachers. “I’ve really enjoyed my time here. I think this is just an amazing school.” The IB Diploma Programme is a leading, internationally recognised and rigorous pre-university qualification and is a symbol of academic excellence worldwide.

which she wrote about the etiology of Major Depressive Disorder. “I was pretty interested in Theory of Knowledge because I like Philosophy,” Amelia explained, “and Psychiatry is a potential area of medicine I’m interested in.”



Brandon Lee – Gearing up for Cambridge

Old Scholar and engineering student, Brandon Lee (2015), is changing gears and heading to Cambridge University in October. Brandon, who completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Years 11 and 12 and was awarded 2015 IB Dux of St Peters, is very excited about the prospect of studying engineering at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. “The course is for four years. I will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Engineering and a Masters of Engineering,” he explained. Brandon received the Cambridge offer in January after a rigorous selection process that began last October. He made an initial application to The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), a UK-based organisation operating the application process for British universities. 10

“Last October, I applied through UCAS and I had to do an additional admissions test in Brisbane in November,” he explained. “In December, I had the opportunity to do a remote interview and I finally got the decision half way through January. It was a very drawn out process.” When Brandon starts his course in October, he will have the benefit of completing eighteen months of undergraduate Engineering studies at the University of Queensland (UQ ) and hopes to secure an internship before he starts at Cambridge. “I am planning to finish off the first semester at UQ until June and then hopefully apply for some internships

*Pictured: Brandon Lee, who received the 2015 IB Dux of St Peters award, is off to Cambridge University.

somewhere around Australia, Hong Kong or England, because having that experience is very important.” Brandon, who also tutors IB and QSA students at St Peters, has his sights set on a career in mechanical engineering in the automotive industry. “The move to Cambridge will hopefully culminate in something I want to do in Europe,” Brandon said. “I would like to work for one of the big automotive companies like BMW or Mercedes. Cars would be an ideal career for me…either in research and design or the nitty gritty of engines and production.”

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Scholars’ Assembly

The St Peters community gathered to celebrate the academic achievements of the 2016 Senior cohort on 27 January at a Scholars Assembly. The Scholars Assembly brings together award winners from Years 10, 11 and 12 and acknowledges the academic achievements of QCAA and IB students. The assembly is an opportunity for families and peers to celebrate the success of our senior cohorts and welcome back our newest Old Scholars!


*Pictured: (right) 2016 St Peters Springfield graduate, Oda Baessler, will undertake a Bachelor of International Security Studies/ Bachelor of Law (Honours) at Australian National University this year.

High Achiever

Plus Ultra caught up with Springfield Old Scholar, Oda Baessler, who achieved an OP 2.


ou received an OP2 which is a fantastic achievement. Can you describe how you felt when you received the result? I remember waking early at 6am after a restless night of tossing and turning. I had the website open and ready on my laptop to refresh. When the number 2 appeared I need to be honest and say my initial reaction was a sigh of disappointment. I was slightly disappointed because I had my heart set on getting into Law at the University of Queensland and for this dream to be fulfilled I needed an OP1. A few days passed before university offers were made. In that time, I was preparing myself for an offer from my second preferences. When first offers were released, to my astonishment I somehow was given an offer from UQ to do a Bachelor of Arts and Law. In my eyes 12

the achievement is not your OP but the opportunity you are given from an offer.


ow would you describe your experience at St Peters Springfield? I came to St Peters only in my senior years but I am confident these two years had the greatest impact in shaping who I am and strive to be. St Peters was a community where I could explore and find my talents, where my opinions were challenged and broadened and most importantly, an environment where I felt valued and accepted.


hat subjects did you study and why did you choose them?

My favourite subjects and the ones I excelled in were Visual Arts and Legal studies. I have always liked making things with my hands and loved watching others create. I see art as a means of communicating my ideas in a way that can be understood by anyone. I see it as a tool for

making sense of what is happening around me and the world and often would protest against certain world events with my artworks. This leads me to why I chose Legal Studies. Legal Studies lets me strengthen my sense of justice and awareness of global events.


ell us about your career aspirations.

I chose to study a Bachelor of International Security Studies/ Bachelor of Law (Honours) at Australian National University over my offer from UQ because Security studies is specific to making my career goals come true. I want to shape Australia’s foreign policy decisions and dream of working with international organisations like the United Nations. I also love understanding law and the contexts in which it operates. Canberra will be my home for the next five years and I cannot wait to see what opportunities and experiences I will have.

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Congratulations to the 2016 Year 12 cohort of St Peters Lutheran College Springfield for their excellent academic results.

* The following statistics relate to students at St Peters Springfield only.

All 25 graduates were eligible for an Overall Position with 16% receiving an OP 1-5 and 48% an OP 1-10. In 2015, St Peters Springfield had its first OP 1 student with two students receiving an OP 2. These results were consolidated in 2016 with another OP 1 and another OP 2 student (read her story on page 12). Such results were obtained with a dynamic pursuit for understanding. Students and staff must be commended on their effectiveness in partnering in teaching and learning not only in Year 12 but in the preceding years of schooling where the foundations for collective and individual success are established.

commenced alongside their academic program whilst at St Peters and two graduates are studying interstate in fields of International Security/Law and Engineering/Computer Science.

The Seniors of 2016 were able to take up meaningful pathways to transition into life beyond school. University of Queensland continues to be the preferred university for tertiary study with 30% of graduates accepting UQ courses. Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Southern Queensland are also well patronised with one fifth of graduates moving on to each of these institutions. Several students are undertaking apprenticeships in electrical and hairdressing fields, some of which were

God creates us all uniquely and it is a joy to see this uniqueness in each young person who travels through St Peters and to play a part in their formation as they explore, discover and develop their gifts and talents and their identity and purpose. We look forward to hearing more of their journeys in the years to come. May God richly bless each one and continue to equip our staff to assist the students of St Peters.


For statistics that relate to St Peters Indooroopilly students, see page 7.


OP1-5 (16% of cohort)

OP1-10 (48% of cohort)

OP 1-19 (100%)


Will attend a university (80% of cohort)

Will take an alternate pathway (20% of cohort) W H AT A LTER NATE PATHWAYS W ILL 2016 ST PETERS (SFD) GR A DUATES TA K E IN 2017?

Will pursue TAFE studies (4% of cohort)

In an apprenticeship (16% of cohort)


Plus Ultra / Around the School

*Pictured: Students in Ms Janet Sparrow’s English class take it in turn to read aloud from a set text and discuss the meanings and pronunciations of new words together.

Reading Allowed – Shared reading in Junior High BY JA NET SPA R ROW, TEACHER – ENGLISH

Reading aloud is definitely allowed, and should be encouraged. Parents often ask how to support their son or daughter in English, and teachers often advise students to read more. One specific and targeted way this can be done, particularly for Junior High students, is to wind the clock back: read aloud and make reading an interactive process again. As our children get older we tend to stop this practice in favour of independent silent reading, but


evidence suggests that reading aloud increases vocabulary, develops critical thinking (Johnstone, 2015) and improves comprehension skills. Reading aloud can be a child reading to a parent, or a parent reading to a child; it can be part of a bedtime routine with a good narrative or reading an interesting news article over breakfast.

In the English classroom we read to each other, and this gives us opportunities to talk about new vocabulary, writing styles and issues. Additional reading parents do with their children enhances comprehension, and maintains parent involvement in reading progress. In Year 8 this year, the electronic Book Surf Record Sheet also creates opportunities for parents to comment on books and reading - just ask your child to share the document.

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Installation of Tim Kotzur On 3 February, our community rejoiced as Tim Kotzur was installed as the seventh Head of College by the Reverend Paul Smith, Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District.


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Introducing Makerspace

It’s Monday lunchtime and Years 5-12 students at St Peters Indooroopilly pile into Upper Primary classroom MS07. They have come for Makerspace: a new, informal offering from the St Peters Robotics Group. Mr Simon Canfield, Coordinator of St Peters Robotics, founded Makerspace in early 2017 to cater for the increasing numbers of students wanting to undertake self-directed projects. “This year, I decided to formalise the process and created a dedicated lunchtime for the students to come in and work on their projects,” Mr Canfield explained. “They have to fill out an application form and a project proposal form, which steps them through the materials they will require and the stages of their project.” 16

Once projects receive approval, students are grouped by interest and level of experience or continue on independently to research, design and source parts for their creations. While some resources are already available in the classroom, including access to 3D printing and laser cutting technology, others are acquired via the Information Technology (IT) department or the generosity of parents via the Robotics Parent Support Group. Projects in progress include: the building of two drones; the construction of a remote-control

PROJECTS IN PROGRESS INCLUDE: THE BUILDING OF TWO DRONES; THE CONSTRUCTION OF A REMOTECONTROL PLANE; AND THE ASSEMBLY OF A FULL-SIZE ARCADE MACHINE… plane; and the assembly of a full-size arcade machine comprised of: 3D printed parts; laser-cut casing; an old computer monitor; and driven by raspberry-pi technology.

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*Pictured: (this page, top) Students steal a moment out of their Makerspace session to make final adjustments to an official Robotics Club robot ahead of an impending competition; (bottom right) Two friends tinker with code to program their robot-on-wheels; and (bottom left) A completed Makerspace creation: a miniature robotic arm. *Pictured: (opposite page) Makerspace students make minor adjustments to a drone leant to them by a Robotics Parent Support Group parent.

While Mr Canfield admits that “I THINK IT GIVES THEM [STUDENTS] A many Makerspace projects cater to REAL SENSE OF CREATIVE OWNERSHIP.” the sheer curiosity of participants, – Simon Canfield, Makerspace Coordinator some have applied themselves to real-world applications. For example, “I think it gives them [students] a a Year 10 student is building a Makerspace operates on Monday real sense of creative ownership,” raspberry-pi driven barcode scanner lunchtimes in MS07 and is open Mr Canfield said. linked to a Google Documents table to Years 5-12 students. For an that will help parents in the Robotics “They can have an idea and go application form, contact Mr Simon Parent Support Group keep track of from that idea to making it a Canfield, Makerspace Coordinator materials and resources. reality. I think it’s really important for kids to be able to have a bit of No matter the application, freedom; to be hands-on with tools Mr Canfield is adamant that the in a safe way; and to be able to benefits of Makerspace are many. work collaboratively.” 17

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IT’S 2017, AND YOU (STILL) MAKE ME FEEL LIKE DANCING… Fifty years into his musical career, Leo Sayer is far from rusty, or dusty, and proved this on the evening of Saturday 18 March to a full house in the St Peters Performing Arts Centre Auditorium. On the Friday afternoon before the sensational concert (where Leo performed his biggest hits alongside a rockstar band including our very own Kerry Jacobson), Leo conducted a workshop with the St Peters Rock Bands and other soloists, and continuously expressed how inspired he was by the young musicians present. During the session he stressed the importance of “hearing each other”, and told the students that they “should come out of a band experience remembering more about what the other guys are playing than what [they’re] playing”. Leo explained that it is also critical to listen to yourself carefully, in order to “find your own unique voice”. Leo told me how his father was not the greatest singer in the world, and laughed that his sister was “bloody awful” at violin. So as it happened, a parish priest was his only guided introduction to music. By the age of seven, Leo had been taught how to produce his signature big sound, and before long he was a soprano soloist performing at Westminster Cathedral in London. 18

AS IT HAPPENED, A PARISH PRIEST WAS HIS ONLY GUIDED INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC. BY THE AGE OF SEVEN, LEO HAD BEEN TAUGHT HOW TO PRODUCE HIS SIGNATURE BIG SOUND… His gateway to contemporary music was provided by his brother, who would bring home Blues, Jazz, and early RocknRoll records. This didn’t go down well with his very Catholic parents, who literally threw the records out of the window exclaiming that such “heathen music” was not to be brought anywhere near the house. Renowned for his spectacular harmonica playing skills, Leo revealed that these were self-taught on his daily train trips to school. Despite holding the instrument ‘upside-down’, Leo played along to the rhythm of the train on the tracks. Little did he know, soon he would be playing with the likes of Paul Simon, Muddy Waters, Queen, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Wonder. With all of this creativity and talent, Leo expressed interest in becoming an abstract painter. “You can’t be a bohemian!” Leo was told by his parents, so he pursued commercial

art at Art College, but got kicked out for “always running off with the fine art students and doing crazy things”. He managed to get a job as a commercial artist immediately, but it didn’t last long as he soon had a break-down from overwork. Leo then secretly returned to his hometown and lived on a houseboat as he didn’t want his parents thinking that he “was a failure”. “It was at this time, in the early 1970s, where ‘the band thing’ was really starting to happen,” Leo said. He turned down a lot of music opportunities in his early life, until eventually he found that it was “almost like life corralled [him] into [music being] the only way forward”. Since then he has released countless albums with numerous chart-toppers, and has performed globally. Leo and I discussed that every songwriter has a different method when it comes to composition. His quirky rule is that not a single instrument, or piece of paper, is to be touched until the entire song is completed in his head - he forces himself to remember it, and then relies entirely on his ears for notation. In 1996 Leo underwent a huge legal battle against his new management, which resulted in near bankruptcy. Leo is incredibly thankful for this time because he says it made him “hungry again”

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– a characteristic which he believes is a crucial ingredient for a successful musical career. Leo is currently working on an album where he is playing everything himself. Although saying if he could play with a band every time he would, he enjoys working independently. He said that he thinks this is his painter’s brain: “If I can take the fact that my inspiration is great painters like Picasso and Van Gough and people like that... They worked on their own. So I think that my destiny may be not to interact.” “I am really into current politics… I have my own views and want to fix the world… It’s important to me to voice that, to use the opportunity you’ve got, as well as being a big name, to push your ideas forward”.

“I DON’T THINK THAT I’VE PEAKED YET… I THINK THERE’S STILL MORE TO GO…” “I don’t think that I’ve peaked yet… I think there’s still more to go, still more to come, so we’ll see. I’m still exploring what I can do on my own.” This talented, humble, passionate, humorous, and very generous man gave me so much insight into his life and musical career. It truly inspired me More Than I Can Say. 19

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St Peters Swim Teams Rule the Pool The St Peters Girls’ and Boys’ Swim teams ruled the pool at the 2017 QGSSSA and AIC swimming championships. Both teams raced exceptionally well from start to finish, to run out champions by over 50 points respectively. The St Peters Girls’ Swim team was successful in their defence of their 2016 QGSSSA title, while the boys improved on their second place last year. The Girls’ team won the 13, 14, 15 and 17 year age groups, and broke five QGSSSA records. The AIC Boys’ team were Opens Age group Champions; they won the 14 and 16 years age groups; and set seven new records. This is an amazing effort. Well done to our swim teams and coaching staff! Photography courtesy of Simon Bowman.


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Q&A with Ariarne Titmus

Year 11 St Peters student and St Peters Western Swim Club member, Ariarne Titmus, is a swimming star on the rise. At the QGSSSA Swimming Championships in March, Ariarne won every race she entered and broke Hayley Lewis’s 26 year old record in the 200m Freestyle, helping the St Peters team to victory. Plus Ultra went one-on-one with Ariarne to find out what makes her tick and her plans for the future.



hat made you decide to come to St Peters?

After nationals last year, my previous coach relocated to Thailand and I was on the hunt for a new swimming club and coach. Dean Boxall is my coach now. I knew Dean from previous competitions overseas and so my coach at the

Pictured: Ariarne, victorious at the 2017 QGSSSA Swimming Championships.

time spoke with Dean and Michael Bohl about a possible transfer to St Peters Western. I knew to be a part of the swimming club I would have to move schools too, but it was a good opportunity with the swimming program and coach on offer.

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Pictured: Look at the scoreboard… Ariarne set a new record in the 200m Freestyle. Hayley Lewis held the record for 26 years. Photography courtesy of Simon Bowman.


hat events are your specialty?

My best races are the 200, 400 and 800 metre freestyle events.


hat competitions are you working towards at the moment? I am weeks away from the Australian and Australian Age Swimming Championships here in Brisbane. These championships double up as the selection trials for the World and Junior World Championships, where I will be racing to be selected.


ou performed brilliantly at the World Short Course in Canada and the QGSSSA Swimming Championships. Can you describe your mindset going into these meets

and how you deal with pressure and expectations? The exposure I have had to racing overseas has taught me how to race fast under high pressure situations. In a meet like QG, the pressure to perform is pretty much as high as it gets, so I focus and think about what I have to do to put together fast swims. I try not to overthink things and just get out there and be brave.


hat is your long-term goal in swimming?

My ultimate goal is to one day race at the Olympics, but at the moment it is to stay on the Australian Team, keep improving and continuing to train hard.


hat do you like most about competitive swimming?

Although swimming is an individual sport, it is very much a team environment. I love training and the thrill of racing fast. It is a great way to see the world and I have made so many friends.


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Nick Jorss may have hung up his St Peters uniform in 1986, but thirty years on, he still has his school tie and dusted if off when he returned as a guest speaker at the 72nd Founders’ Day Service on 20 February. In a nostalgic and symbolic gesture, Nick unravelled his school tie to the delight of the whole of College assembly, reminding students to “treasure their school days”. Nick has fond memories of St Peters but recalled the challenges he faced when he first arrived in 1981 as a shy lad with an American accent, courtesy of the school he had attended in Jakarta.

However, Nick soon settled into St Peters and made the most of the opportunities that came his way.

“My most vivid memory of those “Some of the Aussie kids actually found it very hard to understand me,” days is the feeling of unlimited opportunity that comes at the age Nick recalled. when you have the whole world Nick said it also took some time to to explore and everything feels adjust to the cultural differences. fresh and alive with promise,” he explained. “All of a sudden I found myself transported to Brisbane in a much stricter and more formal Lutheran school environment,” he said.

“I wasn’t top of my class - but my memories of Ironbark, my friends and teachers are good.”

“I distinctly remember having to teach myself to use sarcasm and learning to make fun of my mates because without that you didn’t seem to last long in the Australian schoolyard.”

At his own admission, Nick took some time to find his own passion after leaving St Peters.


He followed his father’s and grandfather’s career path into civil

*Pictured: Nick Jorss caught up with two of his teachers, Chris Male (left) and Chris Chapman at the Founders’ Day service.

engineering and spent almost a decade working on projects like the Bolte Bridge in Melbourne and other infrastructure. In spite of building a successful career as a civil engineer, Nick knew something wasn’t quite right, as he described his bold decision to try something new and untested. “It wasn’t something that became clear to me overnight and it took a fair bit of courage to recognise it,” he explained.

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*Pictured: Old Scholar and entrepreneur, Nick Jorss, said it took some time to find his passion for business.

“I yearned to use my creativity and I had a real interest in finance and economics so after much thought, I went back to University and did an MBA. This led me to investment banking and through this, I developed my real passion for business, the field in which I operate today.” Nick has started two ASX listed mining companies, one of which he ran until late last year, and in 2014, he and his wife, and another local family, undertook the restoration of 150 Boundary Street, West End and established The Catchment Brewing Co., indulging yet another passion for craft beer. Finding the courage to determine his own destiny and ignite his own passions has paid great dividends for Nick. Not bad for a shy and uncertain young student who struggled at

“ST PETERS IS A SCHOOL THAT PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW IN WHATEVER AREA YOU ARE MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT. GRAB THE OPPORTUNITY AHEAD OF YOU WITH BOTH HANDS.” times with the confidence to get through the front gate at school. “One of the things I really love about St Peters is that the school has always defined success more broadly than purely academic or even sporting achievements,” Nick explained.

Speaking at the Founders’ Day assembly, Nick reminded the students to trust their instincts and take advantage of the opportunities of a St Peters’ education. “St Peters is a school that provides the opportunity to grow in whatever area you are most passionate about,” he said. “Grab the opportunity ahead of you with both hands. This school is amazing.” “If it takes you a little while to find your own passion that’s ok,” he said with the benefit of experience. “It did for me and it’s been worth it.” Visit the website http:// au/ for more information about The Catchment Brewing Co.


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Ms Kelly Fox has undertaken the newly-created position of Deputy Head of Junior High at St Peters Indooroopilly. Kelly is an experienced educator, with many years of teaching and leading in independent schools in Australia and overseas. She joined the staff of St Peters six years ago as the Curriculum Coordinator (Years 7-9) and as a teacher of English and SOSE in the Junior High. Prior to commencing at St Peters, Kelly worked at John Paul College in various roles over a fifteen-year period, including Curriculum Leader (English); Middle School Literacy Team Leader; and Computer and Information Services Coordinator. Kelly also taught overseas for eight years for the International Education Agency in Papua New Guinea, an experience which she enthusiastically describes as ‘personally and professionally enriching’. Kelly’s qualifications include a Masters in Educational Administration: her thesis involved research into leadership styles and the impact this has on 26

“I BELIEVE THE BEST WAY TO MANAGE AND LEAD OTHERS… IS WITH COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING, BUT ALSO WITH DECISIVENESS, CONSISTENCY AND FAIRNESS.” administrative decision-making. This aspect of educational leadership has continued to be an area of interest for Kelly. She describes her own leadership approach as that of a facilitator and consultant who stimulates, encourages and works with staff in developing best practice within and outside of the classroom. “This has involved being actively supportive and collaborative in a range of team endeavours and in a variety of forums,” Kelly explained. “I believe the best way to manage and lead others, including my students, is with compassion and understanding, but also with decisiveness, consistency and fairness.”

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*Pictured: Kelly Fox has undertaken the newly-created role of Deputy Head of Junior High at St Peters Indooroopilly.

Kelly’s involvement in working with students in the ‘middle phase’ of learning has not been accidental.

The smooth transition of Year 7 students over the past two years is testimony to the success of this model.

“For more than a decade, I have specialised in working with young adolescents aged 11-14,” she explained. “Often the focus in secondary schools is on the Senior years, but I believe that Junior High is where we, as educators, can have the greatest influence in achieving positive long-term outcomes for our students.”

“Junior High is where we truly embody ‘best practice’ in both pastoral and curriculum programs.”

Kelly is excited about her new role and looks forward to continuing to work closely with Head of Junior High, Ms Trish Allen. In her previous role as Curriculum Coordinator (Years 7-9), Kelly collaborated with Trish to develop a pastoral and curriculum structure that would support students entering into a secondary setting. This model was initially introduced in 2015 with the first intake of Year 7 students into Junior High. “We have been very successful in linking curriculum delivery within a supportive pastoral structure,” Kelly remarked.

In her new role, Kelly will continue to be part of a team committed to the realisation of the College’s Strategic Vision. This will embrace and provide a quality holistic teaching and learning environment for students in Junior High. Kelly believes that for academic programs to be successful, educational leaders must also recognise the spiritual, pastoral and well-being needs of staff and students. “I see this as fundamental to a successful Christian school such as St Peters,” Kelly explained. “Our Mission statement – ‘Excellence in Christian co-education’ – truly embodies what we represent as a College.”


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St Peters Springfield – 10 Years of Excellence BY K EV IN NGU YEN , OLD SCHOLA R (2016)

THE VISION At a St Peters College Council weekend workshop in the mid 1990s, Public Relations Manager, Frank Condon, presented a paper on the changing demographics of Brisbane’s western suburbs. His findings sparked debate about whether St Peters should establish a second campus to service the increasing numbers of families in the outer-western suburbs. At the turn of the century, the debate would be decided when Neil Schiller, Principal of Bethany Primary School at Raceview, appealed to St Peters for assistance in establishing a Lutheran high school to service the Ipswich community.


Professor Bill Curnow, Vice-Chairman of the St Peters College Council, investigated the possibility and, when it became clear that the cost would be beyond the capacity of Bethany Primary School, began to re-explore a St Peters venture. In 2006, by coincidence, Springfield Land Corporation and Mirvac were seeking partnership to develop a private high school at Education City, Springfield. Professor Curnow, along with St Peters Head of College, Stephen Rudolph; St Peters Head of Curriculum, Mike Hennessy; and their management teams answered the request for tender. A steering committee, chaired by Professor Curnow, was established to drive the project.

BY COINCIDENCE, SPRINGFIELD LAND CORPORATION AND MIRVAC WERE SEEKING PARTNERSHIP TO DEVELOP A PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL AT EDUCATION CITY, SPRINGFIELD. On 31 August 2007, their work culminated in the execution of formal leases between the Lutheran Church of Australia, Queensland District (LCAQD) and Education City.

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THE MOVE St Peters Springfield opened its doors in 2008 but by 2011 flourishing enrolments demanded the relocation of the school to a new site. Three hectares of land was purchased from the neighbouring Health City precinct, just 450 metres south of the original site. In 2012, the new purpose-built facility opened. It boasted: stateof-the-art environmentally friendly technologies, such as solar power; all-weather sporting surfaces; three Science laboratories; two Art and Technology classrooms; and a Music and Drama space. A 750 square metre shaded Concourse flanks the northern side of the main building, named Curnow House in honour of its chief founder, Professor Bill Curnow.


Pictured: (top left) Students at St Peters original site; (bottom left) Construction began on the new Health City site in 2011; and (top right) A purpose-built Kindergarten was added to St Peters Springfield in 2013.

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OUR PEOPLE In 2007, Ms Jill-Lange-Mohr was appointed Principal of St Peters Springfield and began the task of enrolling the schools founding students for commencement in 2008. More than 20 years of experience in secondary teaching, sales, marketing and public relations has prepared Ms Lange-Mohr to lead St Peters Springfield. “I truly believe that God has been preparing me my whole life to become the Principal of this school,” Ms Lange-Mohr says. “I thank God for my staff members every day because they’re such a terrific team. No one person


alone can achieve the success that St Peters Springfield has achieved.” Built upon a culture of excellence and values of care, dignity and respect, St Peters Springfield students have achieved distinction in academia, leadership, and sporting and artistic endeavours and continue to embody St Peters motto, ‘Plus Ultra’ or ‘Ever Higher’.


Pictured: (bottom left) Official Opening of the new site and Curnow House in 2012.

In honour of the St Peters Springfield community, the Founders’ Way footpath and wall, where founding students names are displayed on plaques, was opened in July 2015. “This is the achievement of a vision I have had for St Peters Springfield for eight years,” Ms Lange-Mohr explained, “and a way to recognise and honour our founders.” THE FUTURE Enrolments at St Peters Springfield continue to flourish and the school is expected to peak at 950 students.

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*Pictured: Duke of Edinburgh participants from St Peters Springfield joined with participants from St Peters Indooroopilly to undertake a practice canoeing adventure at Ironbark in April.

Duke of Edinburgh Award at St Peters Springfield

This year, for the first time, students at St Peters Springfield will have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award program. Mr Aaron Gudze, an Outdoor Educator at Ironbark who coordinates adventurous journeys for St Peters Indooroopilly Award participants, recommended the Award be introduced at St Peters Springfield. So far, 18 students in Years 9 and 10 have jumped at the opportunity to undertake an Award: 15 have commenced their Bronze Award and three have undertaken their Silver Award. Bronze Award participants in Year 9 completed the adventurous journey component of the Award during their Ironbark Outdoor Education experience in March. Meanwhile, Silver Award participants in Years 9 and 10 joined with Award participants from St Peters Indooroopilly to undertake

a practice canoeing adventure at Ironbark in April. Mrs Rae Morgan, Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator at St Peters Springfield, says that students are excited by all four components of the Award, which include: physical fitness; development of a non-physical skill; volunteer work; and completion of an adventurous journey.

“Many of the students are most excited about the adventurous journey,” Mrs Morgan said. “Some have begun and are enjoying the volunteering immensely and a couple, who have identified their cooking skills for their non-physical skills development, are relishing learning life lessons.” Students from the age of 13 years and nine months are eligible to participate in the Award. For more information, contact Mrs Rae Morgan, Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator (St Peters Springfield) au or Mrs Anne Tetley-Jones, Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator (St Peters Indooroopilly).


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A Year in the Life of a School Counselling Service

In November, an article written by St Peters School Counsellor, Dr Matt O’Connor, and co-authored by QUT Director of Educational and Developmental Services, Joseph Coyne, was published in the ‘Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools’. The piece entitled, ‘School-based Counselling Service Use: A Year in the Life of a School Counselling Department’, examines how school counselling services are used by students. Dr O’Connor, who has worked as a school counsellor in St Peters Junior High and Senior School since 2013, collated non-classified data collected by the St Peters Counselling department to identify differences between users and non-users of the service along with peak times of need. He says that, until now, there has been limited research into school counselling use trends to assist those who administer the service. “It’s one of the first papers internationally to not only show who comes and visits us but also who doesn’t and when that 32

UNTIL NOW, THERE HAS BEEN LIMITED RESEARCH INTO SCHOOL COUNSELLING USE TRENDS TO ASSIST THOSE WHO ADMINISTER THE SERVICE. happens,” Dr O’Connor explained, citing a range of demographic and school-based factors, including gender, age and term times as some of the examined factors.

“Eventually, what came out of it was this picture that helped us to understand what we do, when it happens and how we can keep making it a really helpful and valuable service.” Dr O’Connor plans to present his findings about how his research was put together and how it can be used by other school counselling services later this year. The counselling team has already used this information to better understand how they can continue to provide the best support to students and have communicated key findings back to pastoral care staff, in order to enhance the work already being done to care for students. Above all, Dr O’Connor says that he is proud of what his findings reveal about the value of St Peters counselling services to students.

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“The great thing about it [the research] is that we found that we support a lot of students,” Dr O’Connor explained, “and that’s awesome.” “For a counselling service to be able to say that we provide something that young people are really comfortable using is really special.” The St Peters Counselling department runs a number of initiatives to support students and families throughout the school year. For information about Triple P seminars, mindfulness groups for parents or other presentations contact Judy Vidulich, Head of Counselling: j.vidulich@stpeters.

*Pictured: School Counsellor, Dr Matt O’Connor, has co-authored an article that examines how school counselling services are used by students.



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St Peters Rowing Girls are Oar-some

Several St Peters students have posted some impressive results in girls’ rowing competitions this season. Elizabeth Hills (Year 12), Isabelle Furrer (Year 12), Laura Blazek (Year 12), Jemima Lockie (Year 12), Taylor McCarthy-Smith (Year 12), Jessica Korganow (Year 11) and Lauren Robinson (Year 11) have been training over the last eight months to compete at State and National levels. Their hard work has paid off as the girls performed extremely well at the Queensland School State Rowing and New South Wales State Championship Regattas early in the year, taking away countless gold,


silver and bronze medals across a series of events. “The girls have been training a minimum of 20 hours per week,” Eleanor Wilson, St Peters Rowing Coordinator, said at a recent 5am session. “They are looking forward to competing at the Australian National Championships Regatta in New South Wales this month.” Taylor McCarthy-Smith and Isabelle Furrer have also achieved selection into the Queensland Junior Pathway Eight.


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*Pictured: (this page, top) L–R: Isabelle Furrer, Laura Blazek, Elizabeth Hills, Lauren Robinson, Jemima Lockie, Taylor McCarthy-Smith, and Jessica Korganow; and (bottom) L–R: Elizabeth Hills, Isabelle Furrer, Laura Balzek, Taylor McCarthy-Smith, and Lauren Robinson on the Brisbane river.

“This eight is a representative Queensland crew that will race at the Australian Junior Trials in April,” Eleanor explained. “If selected, the crew then will compete at the Junior World Championships for Australia at Lake Galve in Trakai, Lithuania in August.” Taylor McCarthy-Smith also currently holds the Australian 2000m Ergo Record for her age set this season.

Eleanor is particularly proud of the girls’ dedication to training which has brought outstanding results and opened up negotiations with several Colleges in the United States. “The girls have learned the priceless lessons of communication, accountability and teamwork with a close group full of different personalities,” Eleanor noted. “Keep a close eye out for our amazing rowers this school season!”


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Year 2 Students Take a Step Back in Time

On Friday 10 February, Year 2 students stepped back in time when they explored Ross Roy as part of their study unit, ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’. The students took part in three individual studies. They toured Ross Roy House, built in 1897, which later became St Peters Lutheran College on 20 February 1945. Fifty-six founding students, teachers and staff all lived in Ross Roy during that time. Year 2 students learned about the purpose of the different rooms when it was a house belonging to the Collings family, how it functioned as a school in the early years, and what we use it for today. The most exciting part for the students was seeing 36

what was behind the tiny red door in the kitchen! The students went on to enjoy a session in the Archives (housed in the bottom of the P&F Centre), looking at the past, present and future. Interesting discussions followed about what time must have been like before computers and how we rely on them today. A dress up session with old school uniforms caused a lot of excitement. The students took part in egg and spoon races and captain ball games

that their grandparents would have played when they were at school. Alumni/Archive Officer, Yolanda Robinson, said the incursion was an excellent opportunity for the students and SPOSA to come together. “We are very excited that the Archives can now be an integral part of the students’ learning,” Yolanda said. The students also attended an art session in the Performing Arts Centre Theatrette. Old Scholar, Nicky Boynton-Bricknell (1960), shared her experiences as a student and guided the Year 2’s in creating their own impressions of Ross Roy.

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*Pictured: In February, Year 2 students stepped back in time with SPOSA to explore St Peters historical Ross Roy House, dress up in old school uniforms, and draw their own impressions of Ross Roy House.


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A wonderful new beginning has occurred in Ministry at St Peters Springfield. In Ministry matters, there is the conventional way and there is the St Peters way! A conventional approach to ministry and Christian education might be for a congregation to establish a school. At St Peters Springfield, the school community has been able to establish a congregation. On 12 February, Arise Lutheran Church celebrated a new beginning – the commencement of weekly worship services. It was 43 degrees, but the extreme heat didn’t stop 110 people gathering to celebrate this special moment. The new air-conditioned Hub facility provided the oasis for people to gather in comfort to celebrate in worship through song, scripture, prayer and Holy Communion. In the message, Pastor Matthew Wilksch spoke of the need for the church today as much as ever before – for love to overcome hate, for light to shine in darkness and for life to be shared in community together – which is all given through Jesus. 38

The name ‘Arise’ was chosen because it speaks of new life and hope that springs from the resurrection of Jesus. This was foretold by Isaiah: “Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises on you!” (Is 60:1) Arise also seeks to include people from the broader Springfield community beyond the immediate St Peters school family. Arise is a place for people to come into a relationship with God through Jesus. This joyful occasion was as much a milestone along the way as it was a new beginning. A group had been gathering for several years on the

THE NAME ‘ARISE’ WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE IT SPEAKS OF NEW LIFE AND HOPE THAT SPRINGS FROM THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS. first Friday night of the month for a Community Celebration, an evening of activities for children, of worship and a fellowship meal. These have been part of the fabric of the school community. As the desire for more regular time together for worship and community activities grew, a plan for a congregation to form began to take shape.

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AS THE DESIRE FOR MORE REGULAR TIME TOGETHER FOR WORSHIP AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES GREW, A PLAN FOR A CONGREGATION TO FORM BEGAN TO TAKE SHAPE. St Peters Springfield worshipping community was established as a church plant of the Lutheran Church of Australia. It was designated a Preaching Place of St Peters Lutheran Church, Indooroopilly, which provided the support and oversight, enabling a word and sacrament ministry to be undertaken for the Springfield community. Arise congregation remains as a Preaching

Place of St Peters Indooroopilly until it grows large enough to require its own full administrative structures.

Pictured: On 21 February, Arise Lutheran Church celebrated its beginning with its first service; and (bottom right) Pastor Matthew Wilksch, Chaplain at St Peters Springfield and Pastor of the new Arise Lutheran Church.

The Christian Faith is built on God doing new things: “I am doing a new thing” (Is 43:19), “I am making all things new” (Rev 21:5). This new beginning of Arise at St Peters is God doing just that.


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Reini and Michael Mayer – Heeding the Call

As the College community gathered to celebrate the 72nd Founders’ Day, Plus Ultra reporter, Gollisa Thomson, caught up with father and son, Pastor Reinhard (Reini) and Pastor Michael Mayer, who shared their unique perspectives of how St Peters has laid claim to their lives and families over the past seven decades. Few families have had a closer and longer association with St Peters as the Mayer family, as donors, builders, Old Scholars, past parents and staff. “From the time….that my parents gave our contribution to the appeal for the school’s establishment, the school-to-be was already laying claim to my life,” Reinhard (Reini) Mayer recalled in Not Just A School (2012). The Mayer’s association with St Peters began in 1945, when the family moved from their farm at Maclagan to Brisbane to take on a milk run. The family heeded a call to help with the construction of St Peters and it wasn’t unusual for Reini and his brother to spend one or two days a week helping to build, paint and concrete. Reini said it gave him a great sense of achievement and he was proud to say he helped build the school. At the age of 22, Reini resumed school studies, which had been


interrupted by the war. His yearning to attend the school he helped to build came true. He was thrust into Sub Junior in 1949-1950, and completed four years of academic studies in just eighteen months in preparation for the Seminary in Adelaide.


In the years following, Reini spent the first three years of his ministry in Mildura and Loxton, South Australia before heeding a call to return to St Peters as School Chaplain from – Pastor Reini Mayer, Old Scholar 1958-1974 and 1986-1994.

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*Pictured: (this page) Reini and Michael Mayer: two generations of pastors at St Peters Indooroopilly; and (opposite page) Reini Mayer heeded a call to minister at St Peters Indooroopilly in 1958.

As School Chaplain, Reini rose to the seemingly unending challenges of teaching, Chapel, confirmation, counselling and coaching, which was especially dear to his heart. In his 2012 account, ‘College Chaplain: Heeding the Call’ (Not Just a School), Reini wrote: “In a very real way, then, St Peters became my life. It nurtured me, supported and encouraged me; enriched and strengthened me, challenged and at times drained me; forgave and restored me, and never made me feel at any stage that maybe it was time to move on.” Over the years, Reini has made a significant contribution to sport at St Peters. In 1991, a trophy was commissioned as a tribute to his contribution to rugby. As a student, he played rugby, tennis and cricket

and became a long-time coach of these sports during his years as School Chaplain. Mayer Oval is named in his honour.

“I’M HONOURED TO HAVE THE OVAL NAMED AFTER ME, AND NOT BECAUSE I WAS SUCH A BRILLIANT ATHLETE, BUT I WAS A COACH.” – Pastor Reini Mayer, Old Scholar “I’m honoured to have the oval named after me, and not because I was such a brilliant athlete, but I was a coach,” Reini explained.

but three different sports – cricket, rugby and tennis. I think I was the only member of staff who coached all year!” Reini said proudly. St Peters has also laid claim to the lives of Reini’s children and grandchildren, whose association with the school has spanned the generations. Michael Mayer (1973), the oldest of six children born to Reini and Thelma, was just one when his family arrived in 1958. He has fond memories of growing up at St Peters and playing on the grounds with the Lohe and Kanowski children, and he often had friends among the boarders. This article continues on page 42…

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Michael attended St Peters in his senior years (there was no primary school at the time) and graduated in 1973. He completed a Science Degree with Honours in Microbiology, but like his father, he felt a calling to the ministry. “I had a strong sense I was meant to go to Seminary to be a pastor,” Michael explained. He went on to serve in several Lutheran parishes around Australia, returning to Queensland in 2000, to lead the Corinda parish. In 2001, Michael was asked to be on College Council as the Pastor Representative, a role he served in until 2011, when he, like his father, heeded a call to be a Pastor at St Peters. “It was a huge change for me, going from being the one paid person in a small congregation where things revolved around me a lot…to one of hundreds of paid staff, part of a team, and it didn’t just all depend on me!” Michael explained.


“I HAD A STRONG SENSE I WAS MEANT TO GO TO SEMINARY TO BE A PASTOR.” – Pastor Michael Mayer, Old Scholar and second-generation pastor at St Peters Indooroopilly Michael’s areas of responsibility include Junior High students and looking after the pastoral needs of Year 9’s while they are at Ironbark. He is involved in camps, helps the Chapel program run smoothly, and is available for students and staff. While their roles are different, Reini is particularly proud that Michael is making his own unique contribution to chaplaincy at St Peters. “It’s an honour, there’s no doubt about it,” Reini said of his son’s ministry. “It’s very gratifying.” “Michael’s chaplaincy is quite different from mine,” Reini reflected. “Now there’s far more scope for chaplaincy and pastoral care on a personal level. That is a good thing.”

Pictured: Michael Mayer attended St Peters in his senior years. He graduated in 1973 and returned to St Peters in 2001 as Pastor Representative on College Council until, in 2011, he heeded a call to be a Pastor at St Peters.

Michael, whose three children also attended St Peters, making them third-generation scholars, offered his own reflection. “It is special. I’m pleased to have that living connection to the past and I’m happily immersed in interacting with staff and students now,” Michael said.

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Chorale International Tour CHR ISTINE TAY LOR, HEA D OF CHOIRS

In January, St Peters Chorale toured England, Wales, Germany, Austria and France. They performed in many of Europe’s finest cathedrals, including the Ely, Winchester, Bristol, Gloucester and Christchurch (Oxford) Cathedrals and were the only international ensemble to perform in the Brandenburg Choral Concert Series in London. Chorale members also had the opportunity to visit the Australian war cemeteries at the Somme and the concentration camp at Dachau. A Chorale member wrote of the experience: “Singing memorial services at Villers-Bretonneux and Dachau was a very moving and reflective experience… Finding my great-great grandfather’s name amongst the

thousands of the missing was certainly a cause for reflection.” The Chorale visited St Peters sister schools in Metz and Neuendettelsau; visiting classes, living with host families, and performing for large audiences. A Chorale student reflected on the tour:

“What’s the point of going away, only to come back to where you started? I feel that Terry Pratchett, a British author, expresses it most succinctly: Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving (A Hat Full of Sky). We have come back home with an enhanced appreciation for Australia – its landscape, its music and of course, the St Peters Chorale.” Thank you to staff who helped make the tour a success.


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Girls Sports Squad

It’s 3:30pm on a Wednesday afternoon and the St Peters Gym is buzzing with activity as Years 10-12 girls in the newly established Girls Sports Squad begin their training session. The squad is the brainchild of Mr Trent Hacking, St Peters Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, who wanted to provide girls participating in cocurricular sport alternatives to sports-specific training sessions. Mr Hacking says that, while the demands of the AIC boys’ sport competition fit neatly into terms, trainings for QGSSSA girls’ sports overlaps two seasons, making greater demands on girls who want to participate in more than two sports a year. 44

“They’re busy kids,” Mr Hacking explained. “They do a lot, and not just sport. They do lots of extra-curricular activities outside of school so we want to try and cater for them as best we can.” Squad participants follow general athletic development programs, formulated by Mr Hacking and displayed on two monitors in the gym, on a minimum four-week rotation. While the Squad formally caters to Years 10-12 girls, Mr Hacking

WHILE THE SQUAD FORMALLY CATERS TO YEARS 10-12 GIRLS, MR HACKING ENCOURAGES INTERESTED GIRLS IN YOUNGER YEAR LEVELS TO GET INVOLVED. encourages interested girls in younger year levels to get involved. Already, enquiries from Year 9 students have bolstered numbers in the burgeoning Wednesday session.

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Pictured: Girls in the newly-created Girls Sports Squad train under the guidance of Trent Hacking, St Peters Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, and his coaching team. Photography courtesy of Simon Bowman.

Mr Hacking says he hopes to formally increase the Squad’s offerings as demand increases. For now, though, girls who have been unable to attend the Wednesday afternoon session have been accommodated by additional casual sessions on Wednesday mornings, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Mr Hacking is optimistic that the program, while creating flexibility for girls throughout their schooling, will also prepare girls who enjoy sports training to continue their athletic development beyond St Peters.

“Hopefully, by the time they leave Year 12, they will have had a good few years under their belt of athletic development training,” Mr Hacking said. “They have been taught technically well and they can continue to do their own training outside of school.” The Girls Sports Squad is open to girls participating in QGSSSA sports. To join or enquire, contact Mr Trent Hacking t.hacking@ or see staff at Sports House.



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Amelia Kenny Awarded Rural Leadership Scholarship

Year 10 boarding student, Amelia Kenny, is the proud recipient of the inaugural Rural Leadership Scholarship. Funded by a generous donation to the St Peters Future Foundation from the Richards Foundation, the scholarship is a blessing for Amelia’s family, who live on a remote cattle and farming station in central Queensland. “Many rural families…have no choice but to send their children off to boarding school for their secondary education at a huge financial and emotional cost,” Natalie Kenny, Amelia’s mother, explained. “Receiving a scholarship such as this is life-changing for a rural family and I congratulate all those involved for recognising the need to support our rural communities,” Natalie said. 46

The scholarship is for $40,000 per annum for Years 10-12 and will ensure Amelia can continue her education at St Peters. “We cannot thank the Richards Foundation enough for their generosity,” Lisa Delaney, Deputy Head of College, said. “Amelia is the right person for the scholarship. She is a student who takes advantage of the opportunities presented to her and I have faith that she will greatly benefit from this scholarship,” Mrs Delaney said. Amelia said she was very excited to be the first recipient of the Rural Leadership Scholarship.

“AMELIA IS THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP. SHE IS A STUDENT WHO TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTED TO HER …” – Lisa Delaney, Deputy Head of College “It was amazing. I honestly didn’t expect it,” she said modestly. “When we got it, I was so surprised!”

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Amelia is considering a career in teaching or nursing and is looking forward to enhancing her leadership skills through a mentorship program, an additional benefit of the Rural Leadership Scholarship. Currently, she is being mentored by entrepreneur, Cathie Reid, CoFounder of Australia’s Epic Group, including Epic Pharmacy and Epic Good Foundation, and Digital Advisor to the Icon Group Board. Since Amelia began boarding in Year 8, she has immersed herself in academic and cocurricular activities and immediately found a passion for rowing. “Moving from home and distance education to a boarding school and face-to-face classrooms has been a huge change to deal with. It has taken a while to get used to it, and


*Pictured: Amelia Kenny, recipient of the Rural Leadership Scholarship, is focussed on her studies and has found a passion for rowing.

– Amelia Kenny, recipient of the Rural Leadership Scholarship one thing that helped me to settle in was the sport of rowing,” Amelia said. She trains six times a week – three afternoons and mornings – when she wakes at 4.30am for a 5am start. Amelia has also settled well into boarding life and is enjoying the experience. “Boarding is great,” Amelia said. “I love the community. You have this special bond with all the girls.”


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Cambodia Service Learning Tour

In 2016, Year 11 students Paris Iffland, Tayla Barber and Holly Bowman travelled to Cambodia on the annual Cambodia Service Learning Tour. Now in Year 12, the students reflect on their time abroad. HOLLY


hy did you want to go on the Cambodia Tour?

I wanted to go on the Cambodia Tour as I really enjoy travelling – especially since I’d never been to a developing nation before. I was excited to experience an extraordinarily different culture but also to realise how fortunate I am in comparison.


hat will you remember most from the Tour?

The most memorable experiences from the tour for me was being able to assist and play with the young Cambodian children at the People Improvement Organisation (PIO) shelter and seeing the ancient temples like Angkor Wat.


hat did you take away from the experience?

The most important thing I took away from the tour was a deeper appreciation of the simple things in life we all take for granted. 48

“THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I TOOK AWAY FROM THE TOUR WAS A DEEPER APPRECIATION OF THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE WE ALL TAKE FOR GRANTED.” – Holly Bowman, Year 12 student at St Peters Indooroopilly The kindness and happiness of the Cambodian people, despite their living conditions, was a humbling experience and an important reminder. TAYLA


hy did you want to go on the Cambodia Tour?

I wanted to go on the tour because I thought it would be a good experience allowing me to see a new

*Pictured: Ms Maria Liveris, Coordinator of the annual Cambodia Tour, with 2016 Tour participant, Holly Bowman.

part of the world and help people that most people do not have the opportunity to help.


hat will you remember most from the Tour?

I think I will remember the day at the school when we played with children that have so little. They were just so happy and excited. It was wonderful to spend a few hours playing and having lunch with them.


hat did you take away from the experience?

I learned a lot from the people we met in Cambodia. I think the main thing I have taken away is that belongings do not equal happiness. There were so many people there who were so much happier than many I know in Australia. PARIS


hy did you want to go on the Cambodia Tour?

I honestly did not want to go on the trip until I spoke to my mum about it.

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After speaking to her, I realised that the trip was something that I was really interested in. I had always wanted to go on a school trip and the fact that we were able to help the Cambodians made it so much better.


hat will you remember most from the Tour?

My most vivid memory was visiting the People Improvement Organization (PIO) shelter. I spent the day with the most gorgeous little girl who wiped my tears away when it was time to leave. I will also never forget all of our adventures in the markets as well as watching people eat insects.


hat did you take away from the experience?

I definitely learned not to take what I have for granted. The Cambodians are all so happy even though they are living in a developing country. The small things that we did to help them brought them so much joy and their smiles are something that I will never forget. I also took away all of the memories from the trip and the new friendships that I made whilst being in Cambodia.



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// Sankt Annae Youth Choir visits St Peters

// Mele-Anna awarded QATSIF Scholarship

In March, St Peters welcomed 75 members from one of the top youth choirs in the world the Sankt Annae Youth Choir from Denmark. Sankt Annae Choir members joined St Peters Chorale students in their homes and classrooms before joining together to perform at a special concert at St John’s Anglican Cathedral. Each choir sang works from their own culture

before combining to perform a piece by Australian composer, Percy Grainger.

Congratulations to Year 11 student, Mele-Anna Fa’aoso, who has been awarded a Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF) scholarship.

Brisbane Bronco winger, at the presentation.

Mele-Anna attended a ceremony in February to receive her award. The highlight for Mele-Anna was meeting Jharal Yow Yeh, the former The Inaugural Head of St Peters Middle School, David Woodrow AM, was a surprise visitor to St Peters Indooroopilly recently.

// David Woodrow visits St Peters


David commenced teaching at St Peters in 1967 and was responsible for setting up the Middle School and was appointed inaugural Head in 1979. He remained at St Peters until 1990. He was also

Thank you to St Peters Chorale families who hosted these special guests in their homes.

QATSIF gives Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families increased educational choices and life opportunities, and the provision of scholarships is an initiative to advance the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in Queensland. responsible for our St Peters computer program – the first in Queensland. After attending a meeting of past Lutheran Headmasters, David toured the Woodrow Building, now the Upper Primary area, which was opened in 2003. David also paid his first visit to the Woodrow Library, named in 2014.

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Anna-Maria Ghiculescu, recipient of the Year 10 SPOSA Educational Bursary Award, recently wrote to SPOSA to express her gratitude. “Receiving this award was a great honour and I am so very grateful for it,” Anna-Maria said.

// Anna-Maria thanks SPOSA

Anna-Maria chose to use some of the bursary gift of $150 on Christmas presents for less Indigenous Education Program Coordinator, Murray Paterson, is undertaking a Research Masters in Philosophy through the University of Queensland. His research is on the religious symbolism in contemporary Cambodian politics.

// Murray’s Cambodian Connection

Murray spent two weeks in Cambodia in the April school holidays conducting research, The Save the Tiles project, launched in 2006 to mark SPOSA’s 60 years, has reached its culmination with the renovation and dedication of the Ross Roy Heritage toilet.

// Save the Tiles

The Heritage Toilet project was born through SPOSA’s intervention a decade ago. The Old Scholars rallied to the call to save the tiles and raised about $45,000.

fortunate children and she is planning on doing a fun run later this year and will donate the funds raised to charity. The SPOSA Educational Bursary is a non-academic award given to students who demonstrate and uphold the values of the St Peters Lutheran College motto, ‘Plus Ultra’.

interviews and looking through archival materials. Murray has travelled extensively to Cambodia in previous years as Coordinator of the St Peters Service Learning tours to the country. He hopes to complete his research in mid 2018.

The restoration included replacing the old basin and tiling the walls of the foyer of the heritage toilet. “It was worth the wait!” remarked Old Scholar Nicky Boynton-Bricknell (1960). “The Collings family would be proud of us.”


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ST PETERS FUTURE FOUNDATION ACCEPTS DONATIONS FROM US TAXPAYERS St Peters Lutheran College has joined the Australian Independent Schools (AIS) USA Foundation as its most recent member of currently 27 Australian schools and one university. The AIS USA Foundation is a non-profit tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation and complies with US regulations for charities. Donors who make gifts to the Foundation may claim them as a deduction on their US income tax return. Canadians may also be able to offset US based income on their Canadian tax return. Old Scholars, current and past parents or friends of St Peters with tax liability in the US or Canada who 52

DONORS WHO MAKE GIFTS TO THE FOUNDATION MAY CLAIM THEM AS A DEDUCTION ON THEIR US INCOME TAX RETURN. wish to support St Peters Future Foundation, are warmly invited to visit the AIS USA Foundation website and donate either online at or by submitting the donation form provided on the website.

BEQUESTS TO ST PETERS FUTURE FOUNDATION We greatly value the commitment of Old Scholars and friends of the College who have left St Peters as a beneficiary in their will. Since its major restructure in 2015, the name of the Foundation has changed to St Peters Lutheran College Future Foundation Limited. If you have not already done so, please revise your will to reflect this new full legal name and include the Future Foundation’s Australian Business Number ABN 31 600 809 747. If you have any queries, please contact the Foundation Office on 07 3377 6501 or email

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2017 Reunion Program 15 – 17 September 2017


Friday 15 September 4:00pm

Overnight guests welcome (accommodation in the girl dorms is available on Friday and Saturday nights)

Saturday 16 September 10.00am

Morning tea at Ross Roy


Songs of Praise at the Chapel


Diamond and Golden Graduates Luncheon at Café 45


Tour of the College


Canapés with the Head of College


Various reunion groups will meet off campus

Sunday 17 September 9.00am

Sunday Service at the Chapel


Annual photo of Old Scholars at the Chapel


Congregation morning tea at the Chapel forecourt


Annual General Meeting at the P&F Centre (top level)

For information about other reunions and organisers visit


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Founders’ Day On Monday 20 February, the St Peters Indooroopilly community celebrated the 72nd anniversary of Founders’ Day. For the first time in four years, the weather permitted Prep to Year 12 students, staff, Old Scholars and special guests to meet in front of the Chapel for a whole school assembly. Nick Jorss (1986), Nik Taufatofua (2004,) and Nkosana Mafico (2011) gave a recount of their memories of St Peters when they were students. Nik Taufatofua did a ‘shout out’ to Mr Milner and thanked him for never giving up on students. Nick Jorss was amazed that two of his teachers (Mr Chris Chapman and Mr Chris Male) were still on staff. Later that day, Old Scholars were invited to join classes in Senior School and Lower Primary. Old Scholar, Elaine Grassick (1956), remarked: “You could not help but be engaged with Mr Geoff Lamb’s English class!” The event concluded with a luncheon at the Parents and Friends (P&F) Centre. Mark your calendar now to celebrate Founders’ Day with us next year on Tuesday 20 February, 2018.


*Pictured: Above (Front row): Nicky Hughes, Eric Schultz, Nicky BoyntonBricknell, Margaret Curnow, Bill Curnow (SPOSA Patron) Rosslyn Stallman (Honorary Life Member) Freda Kanowski; (Middle row): John Schmidt, Peter Schmidt, Michael Mayer, Allan Badke, Rob Krause, Elaine Grassick, Dot Crawford, Fay McCallum, Elaine White, Jan Hogarth, Jan Hurwood; and (Back row): Nick Jorss, Rob Haack, Keith Radke, John Stephan, Kevin Briese, Max Kanowski, Roger Tomes, Reini Mayer, Shirley Borgelt, Shirley Meier, Nik Taufatofua, Neville Stallman, Nkosana Mafico, Tim Kotzur (Head of College)

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Births, Deaths, Marriages




Heimtraud (Traude) Carter (Hofmann) 12 Jan 1940 – 27 Aug 2016

Iain Fulton 21 Oct 1936 - 27 May 2016

Gai Kapernick (1987) 20 Sep 1970 – 13 Oct 2016

Ian Howard Fulton (1936 – 2016) was a long serving parent of former St Peters students Anne Fulton (1988) and Rowena Lester (1991), and a proud grandparent of current students Emily, Caitlin and Joshua Lester. He was also the loving husband of Leith Fulton for 48 years.

A talented schoolgirl High Jump champion, Gai attended St Peters for her senior years to enable her to pursue her jumping career. She set House sports records and new Queensland and Australian records across every age group from 15 years to Open. She won the Queensland and Australian age group championships in 1987, 1988 and 1989; finished third in the Open Australian Championships in 1989 and 1990; and second in 1991 and 1992. Her U/16 national record of 1.86m set in 1986 and several Queensland Athletics records still stand.

Traude attended St Peters from 1953 – 1957. Her parents, who were missionaries in Papua New Guinea, died suddenly and tragically in 1951 and 1952. She became part of the Helbig/Hofmann blended family. She taught in Queensland and in Papua New Guinea. She married Eric Carter in 1965 in Papua New Guinea and had two children. Traude lived in North Queensland for many years. She suffered a severe stroke in 2013 and was in Aged Care until her death in 2016.

E Geoffrey Justin Eberhard (1995) 10 Nov 1977 – 12 Mar 2016 Geoffrey (GJ to his friends) was a student at St Peters from Years 8 – 12 (1991 – 1995). He enjoyed an active and full life. GJ was a keen soccer player and a happy motorbike rider all his life. He was a graduate of QUT and worked as a property valuer until his illness. He leaves behind a son, daughter, loving partner and family.

Throughout his 39-year association with St Peters, with Leith at his side, he was an active and patriotic supporter of the College. He was heavily involved in the annual school fair ‘Herbstfest’ and a regular at swim meets, musical concerts, bush dances, awards nights and P&F functions. He also supported the College Foundation, Past Parents Association and Music Department. Sadly, Ian succumbed to illness on 27 May 2016 but his memory will live on at St Peters through a proud family legacy and his three beautiful grandchildren.

H Ruby Houston 1934 – 11 Aug 2016 Ruby worked at St Peters between 1974 and 1996, many of these years as a nurse in the boys’ dorms. She is remembered by many of the boys who lived in the dorms during those years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruby’s family including her daughter, Glen Greenland, who was a student here in 1977.

M Thelma Mayer Thelma Mayer moved to St Peters as a new mother in 1958, accompanying her husband, Pastor Reinhard Mayer. Five more children were born while they lived on campus up until 1973. She returned to live at St Peters from 1986 to 1995, studying at UQ , and doing relief teaching and refectory work. Her quiet but determined and caring manner was valued by many people in the St Peters congregation and community. “I see my life as a story of overcoming the odds.”


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Births, Deaths, Marriages

M Doreen McCubbin (Doessel 1963) 10 Sep 1946 – 23 Nov 2016 Doreen was the apple of her dad’s eye as there were no girls in his family, only seven boys. So, when he had a daughter it was like “all his dreams had come true”. Doreen spent her Sub Junior and Junior years (1960 – 1961) at St Peters. Our thoughts and prayers are with Doreen’s family and friends.

P Susan Peterson (Redick 1975) 2 Feb 1958 – 3 Nov 2016 Susan Peterson was a student at St Peters from 1971 – 1973. She lived in the United States and loved shipboard holidays. Susan passed away unexpectedly in her sleep while on a cruise through the Panama Canal.

S June Stolz (Drew 1957) 30 Jun 1940 – 26 Feb 2017 June attended St Peters for her Sub Junior year (1954). She participated in House and Interschool athletics and played in the B Tennis team. In 1960, June entered the Royal Australian Airforce, but was forced to resign on her marriage to Old Scholar and Pastor, David Stolz (1967). Qualified in Child 56

Care, June became Director of St Mark’s Lutheran Child Care Centre. When the family moved to the Box Hill parish in Victoria, she worked for the Royal Guide Dogs Association, the Blind Society and for Lutheran Education.

V Kate Viedt (Hofmann) 13 Dec 1937 - 29 Apr 2015 Kate attended St Peters from 1951 – 1953. Her parents, who were missionaries in Papua New Guinea, died suddenly and tragically in 1951 and 1952. She became part of the Helbig/Hofmann blended family. Kate became a nurse, then a teacher/ librarian and married Hans Viedt in South Australia. They had five children together. Kate was heavily involved in ministry to aboriginal families in South Australia and in hospital chaplaincy. Kate died in 2015.

V Mark Volker (1949) 5 Sep 1931 – 17 Feb 2017 From 1946 – 47 Mark attended St Peters Lutheran College. He is regarded as a founding student of the College and was a member of the athletics team. After successfully completing his College education, Mark commenced work at Southern Cross

sales, which was the marketing arm of the Toowoomba Foundry. Mark was also a keen cricketer. He played for the Metropolitans and toured New Zealand with the club. Mark unexpectedly died on Friday 17 February at the age of 85.


Adam Dunlop (2002) and Rebecka (Collins 2002) have been an item since 1999, from the moment they first locked eyes across the school gym. They married in the Resurrection Chapel (now St Peters) in 2006. They have four children: Tevye (7) , Rivka (5), Avraham (2) and Reuven (8 months). They remember their time at St Peters fondly. Mikaela Mulligan (2009) married Lachlan Boland last year on 18 June in Moree Anglican Church. Mikaela’s three sisters, Naomi (2011), Lucinda (2013) and Natasha (2015), who also attended St Peters, were her bridesmaids. Mikaela and Lachlan are now living happily on a farm near Inverell in northern New South Wales.

Plus Ultra April 2017  

Plus Ultra is the official magazine of St Peters Lutheran College, incorporating Old Scholars news.

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